Before I get to the story, the healthcare debate has stirred interesting stats re: black women:
"The infant mortality rate for black babies is about 2-1/2 times greater than it is for white babies; an African-American woman is twice as likely to give birth prematurely as a white woman; a black infant is nearly 4 times more likely to die as a result of being too early and/or too small than a white infant." ~ Huffington Post, November 17...
"African-American women are twice as likely to suffer a late-pregnancy loss [defined as stillbirth 20 weeks and after] as white women... and while the national rate of stillbirth has declined in the past 20 years, the racial gap has not narrowed." ~ ABC News, November 17
"Abortions increase the risk of low birth weight in future pregnancies by a factor of 3, and of premature birth by a factor of 2, according to the largest US study of its kind." ~ Time magazine, December 18, 2007
"[S]tudies have shown that African American women develop breast cancer at an earlier age, are often diagnosed at a later stage of the disease, and develop more aggressive types of breast cancer." ~ National Medical Association, which represents 30k black physicians, November 19
"Breast cancer is the most common cancer among African-American women and the second most common cause of cancer death, exceeded only by lung cancer." ~ Hudson Valley Press, October 28
"Black women... have the highest breast cancer death rate of any race.... [T]the US Dept. of Health reports that Black women ages 35 to 44 have a breast cancer death rate more than twice that of white women in the same age group" ~ News One for Black America, November 18
"In the United States, the abortion rate for black women is almost 5 times that for white women.... Currently, about 1/3 of all abortions are obtained by white women, and 37% are obtained by black women." ~ Guttmacher Institute Policy Review, Summer 2008
"Compared with women obtaining first abortions, those obtaining repeat abortions are more likely to be black (38% vs. 26%)...." Guttmacher Institute, November 2006
"Chinese researchers... found a statistically significant overall odds ratio of 1.17 (17% increased breast cancer risk....) among women with induced abortions." AbortionBreastCancer.com, reporting on a study published in Medical Oncology, September 23, 2009
Ok, where was I? Oh, yes, a story on pro-abortion Jesse Jackson's meeting Wednesday with the overwhelmingly pro-abortion Congressional Black Caucus to promote pro-abortion socialized healthcare, per The Hill:
The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Wednesday night criticized Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL) for voting against the Democrats' signature healthcare bill.
"We even have blacks voting against the healthcare bill from Alabama," Jackson said at a reception Wednesday night. "You can't vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man."
The remark stirred a murmur at the reception, held by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation....
"The poorest people need healthcare protection," Jackson said. "They have the highest infant mortality and the lowest life expectancy. They're dying from lack of access."...
If Rev. Jackson is truly interested in mortality rate and life expectancy, he should look at abortion, which not only directly kills members of his community but indirectly kills them by aftershocks premmie via BET.com; photo of African American woman via News One for Black America; graphic of African-American abortion rate via Guttmacher; photo of Jackson via CBS News]